Wool Blend Yarn – Guide To This Yarn Material & Best Uses

By Jodie Morgan

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Looking for a versatile, affordable yarn? Wool blend fibers might be the perfect choice. I explore what wool blend yarn is, and ways to use it for knitting.

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I reviewed, fact checked and updated this post on May 14, 2023.

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What Is Wool Blend Yarn?

It’s a animal/plant fiber blend sold at moderate prices. This fiber blend is popular because it’s warm, often machine washable, easy to care for, and comfortable to wear. They’re soft and great for any project.

Where It Comes From

Wool is the most common animal fiber used in yarn. It comes from sheep, and there are many different wools with varying properties. Merino wool, for example, is one of the softest wools available. For more on wool yarn, read my guide.

Wool is often blended with other fibers to create a yarn that’s strong, but not as scratchy as 100% wool. Like cotton yarn, acrylic yarn, alpaca yarn, bamboo yarn, and silk yarn.

How It’s Made Into Yarn

Creating yarn starts with the animal or plant. The fiber is harvested from the animal or plant, and it’s cleaned and spun into yarn. Here is a video by Mark from The 10 Acre Woods on how they process wool into yarn.

Such a fascinating process.

How To Wash This Yarn

Here are the care instructions for wool blend fibers.

  • Machine wash on the delicate cycle
  • Or handwash it
  • Use cool water with a mild detergent
  • Don’t use heat or agitate it too much as it’ll felt
  • Don’t machine dry, bleach or iron it

Always check the yarn label for instructions specific to the yarn you’re using.

Does It Shrink When Washed?

Yes, all wool shrinks to some extent when exposed to heat. To avoid this, use cool water and lay your projects flat to dry.

How To Soften This Yarn

Washing it after you’ve finished knitting always helps!

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What Do You Use It For?

It’s often used for projects and things like: clothing, sweaters, hats, scarves, gloves, socks, home décor, blankets, cushions, rugs, and toys. Any project where you want a durable yet soft yarn! (Like arm knitting yarns.)

It’s also good for making baby blankets. To see which specific one you should use, read my article on the topic.

Common Blends

Here is a list of common blends using wool, and why they’re created. 

  • Wool/Cotton – The cotton makes the yarn more affordable, while the wool content adds durability and warmth.
  • Wool/Acrylic – It’s machine washable and keeps the benefits of wool. The acrylic makes it cheap and easier to care for.
  • Wool/Alpaca – A luxury blend that’s soft, but still has the benefits of wool like durability and warmth
  • Wool/Bamboo – The bamboo makes the yarn more environmentally friendly and adds a subtle sheen
  • Wool/Silk – The silk makes the yarn softer and more luxurious, while the wool adds durability

Where To Find It

Here’s where to find this yarn: at a yarn store or craft stores in your area, at big box stores like Michaels, Walmart and Joann, or online brand shops. Here are brands or manufacturers of wool blend yarns to try: Debbie Bliss, Paintbox Yarns, Lion Brand, Knit Picks, Cascade Yarns, and Valley Yarns.

What’s The Price Like?

The price of wool blend yarn varies depending on the fibers used, but it’s usually affordable or midrange. Including cheaper fibers like cotton or acrylic lowers the price.

FAQS About Wool Blend Yarn

Is Wool Blend Yarn Safe For Babies?

Yes, it’s safe for babies because it’s a natural fiber, though some babies might find it irritating for their skin. If this is the case, try a merino blend instead.

Is Wool Blend Yarn Ethical & Eco-Friendly?

Look for yarn that’s made from recycled materials or certified organic fibers.

Is Wool Blend Yarn Itchy?

Yes, it’s itchy because some people have an allergy, but the itchiness can be minimized by using a merino blend instead.

Is Wool Blend Yarn Good For Clothes?

Yes, it’s good for clothes because it’s durable, breathable and absorbent.

Is Wool Blend Yarn Good For Winter? 

Yes, it’s good for winter because it’s warm and insulating.

Is A Wool Blend Good For Summer?

No, it isn’t good for summer because it’s too warm.

Do Wool Blend Yarns Pill?

Yes, they pill.

Can You Dye Wool Blend Yarns?

Yes, you can.

Wool Blend Vs Pure Wool Yarn

If you want a yarn that’s cheaper and easier to care for, then wool blend is better. If you want a yarn that’s more luxurious and durable, then pure wool is better.

Are Wool Blends Good?

Yes, they’re good because they’re affordable, durable and have the benefits of wool.

Is An Acrylic Wool Blend Good?

Yes, it’s good because it’s machine washable and has the benefits of wool.

What is Merino Blend Yarn?

Merino wool comes from the merino sheep, a breed known for its softness. It makes the yarn softer and less itchy. Often blended with fibers like silk, cashmere, alpaca.

Conclusion

Fabulous to knit with, I hope you find something to suit you. Happy crocheting or knitting! Hope you enjoyed this article. Do you have questions? Please leave them below!

About The Author

Jodie Morgan From Knit Like Granny

Jodie Morgan (Author & Founder)

jodie@knitlikegranny.com | Lives In: Regional Australia

Author: Jodie Morgan is a passionate knitter and blogger with 40+ years of experience currently living in regional Australia. Taught by her mother and wonderful grandmother “Mama”, she fell in love with crafting from a young age. When she’s not knitting, you’ll find her enjoying a cup of coffee with cream, or sharing helpful resources and tips with the online knitting community. Get to know Jodie and the team on our meet the team page.

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